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Questions to Ask

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A job or internship interview is a great opportunity to learn more about a potential employer—and to impress an interviewer with the depth of your research and your interest in the position. Below are tips on formulating good questions, along with examples.   

General Principles

  • Don’t ask questions that are easily answered on the company’s website or in the job description.
  • Don't ask questions about salary, vacation, or other benefits until you are offered the job.
  • Do ask about the rest of their hiring process and timeline before leaving the interview.

Sample Questions

  • How and when will my performance be evaluated in this job?
  • How is success measured in this department or organization?
  • I read in BusinessWeek that a major competitor of yours is increasing its market share in your main market. What plans does your firm have to regain its lost market share?
  • How has your career developed at this organization? Would someone entering the firm today have similar opportunities?
  • What are the organization's strengths, and what challenges does it face?
  • What are your expectations for new hires within their first three to six months on the job?
  • Describe the work environment.
  • What characteristics does a successful person have in your organization?

Nursing candidates may wish to ask about orientation, promotions, shift differentials, chain of command, and malpractice policies.

Education candidates may wish to ask about in-service training and opportunities for professional development, textbook selection procedures, approaches to curricula, parental involvement in school-related issues or PTA, median age/turnover of faculty, and master's degree requirements.